Akili Newsletter – November 2011

New Film for Akili

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Media Trust to make a short film about our work in Kenya.  This will be used for fundraising and for giving talks to schools and other groups.

Cleo, one of our Kenyan trustees, is a filmmaker and is currently in Kenya to make a film for the Red Cross.  She will be spending some time with a cameraman filming in both of the schools and talking to staff and students.  Media Trust has developed the framework for the film and will be editing it for us.

Josephine, Fred and Cornelius outside Dabaso Library
Josephine, Fred and Cornelius outside Dabaso Library


Although we have had help and support in producing the film, we do need additional financial help so any donations would be appreciated. If you are interested in seeing the outline then contact us and it can be emailed to you.

Janet at her new desk in Kakuyuni Library
Janet at her new desk in Kakuyuni Library


Fund Raising Events

Over the next few months leading to Christmas we are holding a series of Fund Raising Coffee mornings. Several trustees are opening their houses to family and friends for coffee / tea and cake and donations.
Two different events are also planned where Panettone and Olive Oil are being sold, (of very high quality and being brought especially by van from Italy) with all the profit going to Akili.

If anyone is interested in coming to one of these events or organising their own Akili Coffee Morning, please email us at mail@akilitrust.org

We are also delighted to let you know that Diane Rogan Sofer successfully completed the Great North Run – of course, wearing an Akili t-shirt – and raised almost £1400 in the process.  Many congratulations to her and many thanks for this contribution.

New Trustee

We have a new trustee, Jenny Pitkin.  Jenny visited the libraries during her recent adult ‘gap year’ and has met all the staff and local contacts.  This will be a great advantage to the trustee board and she is keen to follow up on the work that she did when she was there.  She is particularly interested in looking at ways in which the library can link with the health centre to promote family literacy.

New Patron

Tom Gould has become our new patron.  We were delighted to be able to arrange this with Tom as he has done several performances for Akili despite his very busy schedule and burgeoning career – www.thomasgould.com

News from the libraries

The library at Kakuyuni has been restructured following the departure of the library assistant (Salim) to join the Kenyan army. Daniel Mjumbe who was working as the IT trainer has moved to take up a post which combines working in the library with a continuing role to support the use and maintenance of the IT. This will provide some continuity and sustainability.

We are also very grateful to Cornelius Kahindi for his work as the IT trainer in Dabaso.  His contract will finish in November 2011, though we have asked the Library Management Committee if they can identify any way in which this work can be continued.

Mjumbe at the entrance to the computer room
Mjumbe at the entrance to the computer room

Our two bursary students who graduated this year are both working in a temporary capacity as primary school teachers and both have applied for university.  We are delighted with this news and wish them every success. We wish our current Form 4 students good luck in their forthcoming exams.

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